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So...now I know what they mean by chicken math ... and a question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chefchick, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. chefchick

    chefchick Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    I figured I need a few more hens, and since straight run means boys too... I figured i needed just a few more than a few chicks:p

    Last night my husband and I got 11 new babies from the neatest little poultry farmer with the cutest kids ever![​IMG]

    We put them in our current coop bulding. They are near my older chicks(9-10 weeks) We built a brooder with heat light, etc. for them, sectioning off a part of the shed that is adjacent to the roost area of the older chicks, but seperated by wire. We closed off the side where the wire is with a board (so they are blocked from the big chicks completely) with plans to open it up when they are bigger so they can get to know each other without being able to get too close. My question is... how long should they be kept closed off, and then how long before the can run with the bigger gals?...and since we are starting chicks again, is it ok to keep my bigger ones on the chick food instead of having two types... Or should they get graower food now? thanks!

  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Quote:Keep them separate until they are all the same size. And regarding food, I'd move the older girls on to either grower or layer food. Eating the wrong age-appropriate food won't kill them, but you want to maximize the nutrition to their growth stage.
  3. MadHatcher

    MadHatcher In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2010
    Congrats on the new additions to your flock!

    I've had absolutely no luck introducing my new hatching to the flock (Looks like I have a house chicken now!) - but I wish you the best of luck! [​IMG]

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